Eufy Smart Scale Review | CNN underlined
A smart scale can do more than just measure your weight. If you like tracking your fitness progress or monitoring your heart rate and other health data, a smart scale should be part of your morning routine.
I’ve been testing the $79.99 Eufy P2 Pro for a few weeks and it’s a capable and reliable mid-range smart scale. My current scale, the most expensive Withings Body Cardio, tracks body composition metrics such as BMI and body fat, while the Eufy scale gives even more insight into your health and fitness by tracking 16 different metrics of your body composition.
The P2 Pro is a solid mid-range smart scale that measures your weight, heart rate, and body composition and provides it in a useful way. However, it’s not our top pick in the Wyze Smart Scale due to its frustrating app and higher price tag.
In addition to your body weight, the Eufy Smart Scale P2 Pro measures muscle mass, bone mass, heart rate, body fat and more. The scale uses these measurements, along with your information (you can optionally add height, chest, thigh, and hips), to create a custom 3D model based on your vital stats so you can see your progress (or lack thereof). ) fitness in real time.
The scale, after taking your measurements, will display your weight, body fat percentage and heart rate on the LED display. The rest of the measurements, including the 3D model, coupled with your body composition measurements, are then viewed in the EufyLife app via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
So how does the scale know how much body fat and visceral fat you have? Like other smart scales, it uses bioelectrical impedance analysis, or BIA, to measure body composition. It simply means that two electrodes on the scale send a painless, low-level electrical current through your body, although it stops at the top of your legs. Don’t worry, you won’t feel anything. The scale then estimates your body composition based on the speed at which the electrical impulse moves through your body. The process is safe and is used by other brands of smart scales, but it is not recommended for pregnant women or people with pacemakers. Eufy allows you to turn off the electrical current by using the scale in “simple mode”, which my personal smart scale does not offer. Without power, it will measure and display only weight and BMI.
The 16 measurements that the scale tracks are:
- body fat percentage
- Muscular mass
- bone mass
- BMR (basal metabolic rate)
- Visceral fat
- Body fat mass
- Lean body mass
- body age
- Type of body
- Skeletal muscle mass
- Subcutaneous fat
Whether you really need to know all of these metrics depends on your goals. If you’re only using the scale to monitor your weight, then maybe not. However, if you’re looking for physical motivation or need to track your heart rate or monitor your dehydration, these metrics can be an extremely useful tool.
I am currently on a strength training program and would like to see how my training during the day affects these metrics. It also helps me stay motivated when I see the scale going up, but I can also see that my muscle mass has increased and it’s not just the empty calories that are creating the change.
Also, I find it helpful to know my BMI and body fat percentage, so when I see those numbers go up, I’m reminded that ice cream after dinner every night isn’t a smart move. Eufy’s extra metrics help me paint a better overall picture of my health and fitness.
Reliable weight tracking — for pets and kids too
It’s hard to say how accurate the Eufy P2 Pro smart scale is because although I have different measurements than I have on my Withings scale, I also get a different weight when I’m at the doctor’s . Eufy’s weight was within 2 pounds of the other, but he showed a much higher body fat percentage.
As long as the numbers are consistent, however, and I only measure them against themselves, it gives me an idea of my overall health and fitness. If it drops, that’s a good sign, even if it doesn’t drop as low as the more expensive Withings number.
There is also a mode for weighing babies and pets, which is very useful. My cat, Max, is a bit of a tub, and I was told to watch his weight, so now I pick him up and step on the scale and the app calculates his weight. And yes, since you can create profiles for whole family members, it has its own profile in the app. You can create profiles for an unlimited number of users, while Withings allows up to eight different users.
When another person steps on the scale, it automatically determines which user it is based on their weight. This works well for family members (or pets) who aren’t the same weight as you, but it can get confusing when two people weigh less than 5 pounds of each other. When this happens, you can manually assign the weight to a profile.
The Eufy P2 Pro smart scale offers new measurements that I wasn’t used to seeing on the Withings scale. For example, it measures lean body mass and visceral fat as well as subcutaneous fat, but I had no idea how that affects my overall health or the “normal” range. Clicking on the measurement in the app gives you a brief explanation of what it is and the “normal” range, although Withings’ explanations are much more detailed.
I was very happy to learn that my level of visceral fat, the body fat that is mostly found in the abdominal cavity, is within the “normal” range. My subcutaneous fat (the fat that sits just under the skin and accumulates easily in the upper arms and thighs) was high, however. There are tips on how to improve; he told me to make sure i eat a well balanced diet and exercise regularly, but i already do those things. I would like a little more information about these measures and how they relate to my overall health.
My biggest complaint is not with the scale but with the accompanying EufyLife app. It’s very confusing, not intuitive at all, and it took several calls to customer service to figure out where things were and how to use them.
I had connectivity issues, mostly telling me that I had to connect to Bluetooth when I was already connected.
I also had trouble figuring out where you’re supposed to enter your body measurements to create your virtual 3D representation as well as where to enter your food diary or sync with a food tracker to use the calorie tracker.
Eufy needs to work on the app to streamline it and make it more user-friendly. I would also like to have the option to choose to see additional measurements on the scale rather than having to see them on my phone.
My Withings scale shows me my weight change directly on the scale after displaying my measurement. I know immediately if my weight has increased or decreased since the last time I weighed. You have to go into the app to see this in Eufy, and even then, once you see your weight, you have to tap another screen to see your weight history.
The Eufy scale is powered by four AA batteries, while the more expensive Withings scale is rechargeable via a USB cable.
Another feature I didn’t like was how short it felt, at 11 inches long, compared to my 12.5-inch-long Withings scale. The scale itself is attractive with a black body and large LED display. It also has a sleek and stable design, which conforms to the feet, but I’m not sure if people with size 10 or wide feet will be comfortable or feel stable on it.
The P2 Pro is a solid mid-range smart scale that measures your weight, heart rate, and body composition and provides it in a useful way. Despite some (repairable) issues with the app, it gives a holistic view of your body and has the potential to help the whole family, even the pet, make positive lifestyle changes and achieve their fitness goals. health and fitness. Until then, the Wyze smart scale, with its easier-to-use app, remains our pick for the best smart scale.
|Dimensions||11x11x1 inches||12 x 12 x 1 inches||12.8 x 12.8 x 0.7 inches|
|lester||3.7 pounds||4.07 pounds||N / A|
|Metrics tracked||Weight, Body Fat, Heart Rate, BMI, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, Water, Protein, Basal Metabolic Rate, Visceral Fat, Body Fat Mass, Lean Body Mass, Body Age, Body Type, Skeletal Muscle Mass, Underbody Fat cutaneous||Weight, body fat, heart rate, lean body mass, BMI, muscle weight, visceral fat, basal metabolic rate, bone mass, metabolic age, protein, body water percentage||Weight, body fat, body water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, heart rate, bioelectrical impedance analysis|
|Water resistance||IPX5||IPX3||N / A|
|Battery||4 AA batteries||4 AAA batteries||Rechargeable via Micro USB|